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Windham Hospital Foundation to Host Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon June 8

Windham Hospital’s Annual Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon is Saturday June 8,Noon to 2 pm in the Betty Tipton Room at Eastern Connecticut State University, 5 Charter Oak Road, Willimantic. The event, hosted by the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Windham Hospital and the Windham Hospital Foundation, will include several guest speakers, a buffet and a...


Backus to Host Safety Camp for Children and Families May 18

Backus Hospital will host the 15th annual Safety Camp from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 in the hospital parking lot outside of the Medical Office Building entrance, 326 Washington St., Norwich. The camp, organized by the Backus Emergency Care & Trauma Center and American Ambulance, gives children and...


Rx for Health Program Adds Healthy Options for Winter Season

Thanks to a partnership with the Norwich ShopRite and United Community and Family Services (UCFS), Backus Hospital’s successful Rx for Health Program to help fight childhood obesity is now available during the winter months. Nine years ago, staff at the hospital identified obesity as a top health concern as part...


Telehealth Takes the Commute – and Headache – Out of a Doctor’s Visit

The migraines that grip Lyssette Flinchbaugh can be overpowering, but traveling from her Berlin home to West Hartford for follow-up appointments with her specialist seemed like a lot of driving for what amounts to a brief visit. Especially last fall after ankle surgery left her unable to drive. That’s when...


Marijuana – A Cure for Addiction or Just a Smokescreen?

Pot vs. pills was the subject of a recent Dr. Sanjay Gupta CNN documentary, on the cover of Time Magazine and the debate is growing in medical circles across the nation. Does this mean that where there is marijuana smoke, there is fire? “I call it the cannabis conundrum,” said...


HOCC Campaign Shows High-tech Care, Close to Home

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) launched a major marketing campaign designed to remind area residents that they have access to the region’s best doctors and most sophisticated medical care right in their backyard. Featuring documentary-style vignettes that give viewers an inside look at some of the hospital’s highest-stakes areas...


‘Fresh Check Days’ Help College Students Stay in Check with Mental Health

At first glance, it looks like so many other events on a college campus. Inflatable obstacle courses, t-shirt tie-dying stations, and a student-led yoga class pepper the lawn. Students stroll by booths representing different campus groups, collecting Frisbees, sunglasses and other giveaways. Others line up by a row of local...


How can you eat like an Olympian? Ask a Sports Nutritionist

While most people watching the Winter Olympics could never imagine launching themselves off a giant ski jump or executing the perfect triple axel on ice, there are still ways we can be just like the athletes competing in Pyeongchang.  Pam Rosow, a Registered Dietician and Sports Nutritionist at Hartford HealthCare’s...


Windham Hospital to Receive Federal Reimbursements as Medicare Dependent Hospital

Congressional approval of an extension for the federal Medicare Dependent Hospital Program (MDH) last week means about $3.8 million more in reimbursements for Windham Hospital, the only MDH hospital in the entire state. “Windham Hospital is a critical source of high-quality care for the Windham region,” said Congressman Joe Courtney...


Cupping: An Alternative Way to Stay in the Game

Athletes will go to great lengths to take care of their bodies. Some, like Olympic Gold Medalist Michal Phelps and New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison, turn to alternative medicine techniques like cupping to help them recover from the rigors of competition. Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Chinese, Egyptian,...


Infusion Center Makes Debut in Windham

Windham Hospital recently announced the opening of the Lester E. & Phyllis M. Foster Oncology and Infusion Center at 5 Founders St. The new facility, which features towering windows facing a serene woodland area, was funded through efforts of the Auxiliary to Windham Hospital and the generosity of David and...


Convergence of Flu Season, IV Shortage ‘Matter of Life and Death’

The flu season has made the recent IV bag shortage a matter of life and death, according to Senator Richard Blumenthal. Sen. Blumenthal spoke at Hartford Hospital during a press conference to bring attention to the converging events. “The saline solution shortage is a chronic one,” Sen. Blumenthal said, “but...


A Night of Black & Red 2018

The Power to Save a Life is in Your Hands Every year, the Black & Red gala at Hartford Hospital highlights a strategic service line as its beneficiary. This year’s Black & Red raised more than $1 million for the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital and...


The Super Bowl Can Mean Super Grief for Some Fans

For Super Bowl 52, almost half of all televisions in the U.S. were tuned to the Super Bowl, the most watched sporting event in the country. In New England, home to many devout Patriots fans (and some fanatics), the game likely evoked a range of emotions following the team’s 41-33...


Backus, Windham Highlight Year of Growth in First Joint Annual Meeting

Backus and Windham hospitals experienced a year of growth, improved patient safety and enhanced patient satisfaction scores, according to officials at the first-ever combined annual meeting of the two Hartford HealthCare hospitals. The meeting, the theme of which was “Defining Moments,” was held at the Hartford HealthCare East System Support...


Backus First in Eastern Connecticut to Use New Spinal Surgery Guidance System

Last week, the Backus Hospital Operating Room became the first in eastern Connecticut to use the Globus Excelsius GPS, a  sophisticated new surgical guidance system for spine procedures. The advanced technology was introduced in New England last month at the Hospital of Central Connecticut and will be unveiled this week...


Healthcare Workers Share Similar Struggles to Those They Treat

More than 10 percent of healthcare workers are expected to misuse alcohol or drugs during the course of their professional life, according to various studies.  While that isn’t any higher than the general public, people working in healthcare may ignore their own needs to focus on caring for others. This is...


Backus and Windham Streamline Surgery Preparation

When you’re having surgery, it can be a major inconvenience to rush around to different offices and make countless phone calls for the medical and insurance clearance you need. With that in mind, the teams at Backus and Windham hospitals will soon launch Peri-Operative Surgical Home (PSH), a patient-centered service...


Charlotte Hungerford Initiates Regional First Responder Program to Reduce Emergency Response Time

The Regional First Responder Program is an innovative program in northwest Connecticut that allows participating ambulance services to respond to emergencies affecting the citizens within their neighboring communities.  Several EMS agencies in Northwest CT, working with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Litchfield County Dispatch, have developed a new mutual aid agreement...


Hartford HealthCare Pharmacies Managing Through Nationwide IV Shortage

In the midst of a nationwide shortage of intravenous bags, clinical pharmacies across Hartford Healthcare are working together to ensure patient care isn’t interrupted. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that the shortage began in September after a group of IV bag manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico lost...


World Health Leaders Agree: Addiction to Video Games is Real

In the 1980’s America had “Pac Man Fever,” a supposedly harmless compulsion to play the dot munching arcade game.  There was even a popular song about the so-called affliction. Now more than 30 years later, world health leaders believe that addiction to video games is actually quite real. In December,...


January Artist of the Month on Display at Charlotte Hungerford

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Auxiliary is featuring the local photographs of James R. Roche Jr. now through early February 2018 in the hospital’s main lobby hallway, 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington. The public is invited to view and buy the works during regular visiting hours as part of the Auxiliary’s...


Headache Center Gains International Attention

The Hartford HealthCare Headache Center continues to raise its profile as a hub for education and research in the field of headache care. Most recently, the program was observed by the leading headache neurologist in Colombia, South America.  Dr. Joe Munoz spent three months shadowing Headache Center Medical Director Dr....


Elliot Joseph Named to List of Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know

Elliot Joseph,  CEO of Hartford HealthCare (HHC), has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of its “183 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know” for 2017. According to Becker’s, those on the list lead some of the largest, most successful and prominent nonprofit healthcare organizations in the country. They have overseen financial...


Two Hartford HealthCare Staff Members Named HBJ Healthcare Hero Finalists

Hartford Hospital Cancer Program Manager Karen Weingrod, MA, and Hospital of Central Connecticut Rehabilitation Network, Speech Language Pathologist Rachel Slater M.S., CCC-SLP were honored as finalists for the Hartford Business Journal Health Care Heroes Awards during the publication’s annual luncheon on Dec. 7 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The publication’s...


The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) Rehabilitation Network and the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging Expand Services in Southington

On December 11, The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) Rehabilitation Network and the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging expanded their services to the new Hartford HealthCare HealthCenter building at 462 Queen Street in Southington.  The Hospital of Central Connecticut Rehabilitation Network The HOCC Rehab Network will offer a variety...


Conversations Crucial in Avoiding Suicide

That was the overarching message recently when a team of experts from Hartford HealthCare’s Behavioral Health Network (BHN) hosted a public showing of an episode of the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” in which a teenaged girl commits suicide, leaving behind 13 tapes detailing the way people in her life...


Local Senior Communities Receive Five-Star Quality Rating

Three health care communities that are Hartford HealthCare Senior Services partners achieved an overall Five Star Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as reported by U.S. News & World Report on Oct. 31. Jefferson House in Newington, Jerome Home in New Britain and Southington Care Center...


One Percent of HHCMG Vaccines May Be Ineffective, Audit Concludes

Some vaccines and tuberculosis tests provided at several Hartford HealthCare Medical Group health centers may not have been stored in accordance with manufacturers’ recommended temperature guidelines. Although this causes no harm to patients, temperature fluctuations may reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines, so the medical group is recommending that the...


What This New Mission Control Means if You’re a Patient

In a renovated space on the Newington campus, registered nurses sit behind computer screens monitoring and regulating the flow of patients in, out and through Hartford HealthCare’s acute-care hospitals. They might hear this when the phone rings on a typical day: An in-patient at MidState needs to be wheeled from...


Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging receives Social Accountability Award

SOUTHINGTON – Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging recently received the Social Accountability Award of Excellence from LeadingAge Connecticut in recognition of the Center’s work helping seniors and families/caregivers navigate Connecticut’s healthcare system. The award was presented on Oct. 24 during the LeadingAge Connecticut Annual Meeting held at the Aqua...


Rethinking Stroke: DAWN Trial Expands Treatment Window

A groundbreaking new study is helping hospitals and health systems around the world establish protocols that increase the time window of treatment for patients who have had an ischemic stroke, greatly reducing disability and improving outcomes. Results from the DAWN stroke trial show that select patients suffering a major ischemic stroke...


Medical Group’s Southington Primary Care Office Moves

The Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Southington primary care office moved Nov. 6 from 98 Main Street to the new Hartford HealthCare HealthCenter at 462 Queen Street in Southington. A geriatric provider will join the practice soon. The office hours are the same:  Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,...


What’s A Clinical Neuropsychiatrist? Meet The Only One In The State

Long before he entered medical school, Dr. Joe Trettel says he was fascinated by the brain, and in particular, its ability to produce cognition and behavior. “Very early on I developed a passion and curiosity that lead me to become a basic neuroscientist, trying to understand the connection between the brain,...


Extra Special Deliveries for a Nurse at the Family BirthPlace at HOCC

Kathy Bak has welcomed the arrival of hundreds, maybe thousands of babies during her many years as a labor and delivery nurse at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. But 21 of those births have been extra special. Two were her grandchildren and 19 were her great nieces and nephews. Bak’s...


HHC Names Vice President and Chief Clinical Innovation Officer

Barry Stein, MD has been named vice president and chief clinical innovation officer at Hartford HealthCare. Barry is fresh out of the executive MBA program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Stellenbosch in his native South Africa. He did...


Hartford HealthCare Team Raises Awareness at the Heart Walk at Rentschler Field

The Heart and Vascular Institute Team from Hartford Hospital, with some help from their colleagues at The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center, participated in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart Walk at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Oct. 14. The event raised more than $240,000 for...


Nurse Brings 120 Years of Experience to New Job at IOL

Amanda Terranova joined the Institute of Living as a nurse in August, but her orientation to the Hartford Hospital campus didn’t happen on her first day of work—it happened at the dinner table when she was growing up. “Every time I came home from school, they were always talking about...


Central Region Names New Vice President of Medical Affairs

Jeff Finkelstein, MD, FACEP, has been named Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Central Region, effective Dec. 1. Dr. Finkelstein returns to the Central Region from Hartford HealthCare Medical Group, where he served as Medical Director of Urgent Care, leading Harford HealthCare GoHealth Urgent Care Centers across the state....


Trump Declares Opioid Crisis National Health Emergency

President Trump Thursday officially declared the nation’s opioid crisis a public health emergency, stopping short of issuing a national disaster declaration as originally promised. “As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue. It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction. Never been this way. We...


FDA Approves Landmark New Gene Therapy For Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

The Food and Drug Administration last week approved the second revolutionary gene-altering treatment that turns cells into “living drugs” to kill cancer. The FDA has approved Yescarta ™ (axicabtagene ciloleucel) developed by Kite Pharma, A Gilead Company, for the treatment of adults with aggressive forms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after progression...


How Exercise Can Help Manage Diabetes

Dr. Beth Taylor, director of Exercise Physiology Research at Hartford Hospital, discusses how exercise helps regulate glucose levels in the body and how this is beneficial to patients with diabetes. November is American Diabetes month. We all know exercise is extremely important in leading a healthy lifestyle, but how does...


Teen Suicide: Town Hall Discussions In Norwich

The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why,” based on a young-adult novel in which the protagonist, Hannah, commits suicide and leaves behind a cassette tape detailing the reasons why she did it, will begin a second season in 2018.  Although details about the sequel have been scarce, many have criticized...


HHC Names New Associate Vice President of Medical Affairs for Hartford Hospital and Medical Director of the Hartford HealthCare Transfer Center

Daniel Kombert, MD, has been named Associate Vice President of Medical Affairs for Hartford Hospital and Medical Director of the Hartford HealthCare Transfer Center. In this new role, Dr. Kombert will be responsible for the appropriate utilization of inpatient services at Hartford Hospital as well as providing administrative and medical...


MidState’s New Orthopaedic Institute Has ‘Good Bones’ Celebration

The Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center celebrated its grand opening Oct. 16.  The 14,500-square-foot institute includes 11 operating rooms and 21 private inpatient rooms. It brings together some of Connecticut’s best orthopaedic surgeons from Comprehensive Orthopaedics and Connecticut Orthopaedics Specialists. At the event, they shared...


Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and GoodLife Fitness open in Bloomfield

A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and GoodLife Fitness was held with the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 4. These two programs are among the multiple health services and specialties available at the Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center located at 2 Northwestern...


Can too much exercise be bad for your heart?

There is certainly no doubt that exercise is good for you. To improve overall cardiovascular health, The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise (such as brisk walking) or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (such as jogging) or a combination of moderate...


5th Annual James Massi Lecture: Life After Breast Cancer

The Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) presents the Fifth Annual James Massi Lecture: Life After Breast Cancer, on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m at 183 North Mountain Road in New Britain. In this free educational seminar, Hester Hill Schnipper, an...


Possible Breakthrough in Detecting CTE in Living Patients

Researchers at the Boston University CTE Center announced recently what they believe is a major breakthrough in the detection of the neurodegenerative disease found in people with repeated head injuries. According to a new study, researchers now believe they may have found a way to detect chronic traumatic encephalopathy in...


Survivors Fashion Show Highlights Pink Party in West Hartford

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Surgeon Heather King, MD, helped kick of the Survivors Fashion Show during the sixth annual Pink Party at Blue Back Square in West Hartford on Oct. 5.   Hartford HealthCare was a sponsor of the event that helped celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month.  More than...


Middle-Aged Women Prescribed More Opioid Painkillers, Study Finds

A recent study is adding a new face to the growing opioid crisis.  According to findings by United States For Non-Dependence women aged 40 to 59 are being prescribed more opioid pain  medication than any other group, making them more vulnerable to abuse and addiction. The results aren’t surprising to...


FREE Depression Screenings On National Depression Screening Day: Oct. 5

To mark National Depression Screening Day on October 5, Natchaug Hospital and Hartford HealthCare at Home are offering free, confidential depression screenings at several outpatient centers throughout Connecticut. Each screening includes a written assessment, a private meeting with a professional, and information on depression and treatment options. Natchaug screenings will...


Waterford Oncology Practice Expands

The Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Oncology and Hematology in Waterford recently expanded its clinical staff with the addition of a trilingual specialist interested in breast cancer as well as other solid tumors and blood-borne cancers. Sapna Khubchandani, MD, MPH, joins the practice at 196 Parkway South, Suite 303, in Waterford....


Movement Disorders Neurologist Joins Chase Family Movement Disorders Center

While specializing in movement disorders, Dr. Lavallee Dagostine also treats ataxia, choreas, dementia, dystonia, essential tremor, gait disorders, Huntington Disease, Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonism, progressive supranuclear palsy, tardive dyskinesia and tremors. She provides botulinum toxin injections and deep brain stimulation. Dr. Michelle Lavallee Dagostine, a board-certified movement disorders neurologist, has...


Connecticut Nurse Experiences Historic Houston Flooding Firsthand

When Robin Callahan left for work last Friday she knew it wouldn’t be a typical day as a nurse on the Fourth Telemetry Unit at the West Houston Medical Center.  With Hurricane Harvey bearing down on the Texas Gulf Coast, Callahan, who grew up in Branford, packed a bag, said...


HHC Physician Lending Expertise in Houston Cleanup Effort

Although the storm is over, there’s still danger looming for Houston area residents as the massive cleanup after Hurricane Harvey begins. No one knows this better than Dr. Mark Prete, Hartford HealthCare vice president of specialty care. Dr. Prete, an emergency physician by training and a lieutenant  colonel in the...


Headache Help Comes to Waterford

If you struggle with chronic headaches, the last thing you need is to wait a year and drive several hours for an appointment with a specialist. The opening of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center in Waterford means sufferers from three states can cross that off the list of things causing...


Stanley Black & Decker Commits $2 Million to the Campaign for Hartford Hospital

Hartford Hospital announced that Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) has committed to donate $2 Million to the Campaign for Hartford Hospital. The donation will be used to support Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI). “We are extremely grateful when socially responsible companies like Stanley Black &...


New Melanoma Center Offers ABC’s of Skin Cancer

We love our beach days and warm sunshine, but the sobering fact is that there are more new cases of skin cancer in this country each year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. “At particular risk are people with pale skin or who have a family history of...


Hartford HealthCare Hosts Pitching Clinic at Dunkin’ Donuts Park

Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford, the home of the Hartford Yard Goats, is usually quiet on a Sunday morning. But this past Sunday,  August 13th, nearly seventy-five young people took part in the 2017 Hartford HealthCare Pitching Clinic. Presented by Hartford HealthCare Sports Medicine and the Bone and Joint Institute,...


Meet the New Physicians Joining the Institute in August

Please join us in welcoming two new physicians this month. Dr. Karen Medin, a epileptologist, will join us in the Hartford and Central regions. Dr. Michelle Lavallee-Dagostine, a movement neurologist will join us in the Central region.   Epileptologist Dr. Karen Medin (Hartford/Central)   Movement Neurologist Dr. Michelle Lavallee-Dagostine (Central)


Joint Commission accredits HOCC and MidState Stroke Centers

The Ayer Neuroscience Institute’s Primary Stroke Center and Program at The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) and MidState recently received accreditation from the Joint Commission following a two-day review.  In fact, HOCC received a flawless report, which is rare. Cathy Ligi, RN, BSN, CIC, HOCC regional regulatory readiness coordinator in...


Ayer Neuroscience Institute in the News- August 2017 edition

Here’s a look at some media appearances by Ayer Neuroscience Institute physicians since our last edition: The Dangers of Contact Sports Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Center physician-in-chief Dr. Mark Alberts gives you the information you need on the latest study on CTE and contact sports. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Explained...


HHC Adds Neurology Services in Vernon

The Ayer Neuroscience Institute has added a new location in Vernon, led Dr. Patrick Senatus, a leading minimally invasive neurosurgeon. Located in the Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center on 35 Talcottville Road in Vernon, the new location offers consultations, surgery and will add injection therapy in the near future. The...


Nurse Selected to Present Assessment Tool Nationally

Mark A. Larson, CNRN,SCRN, has been selected to present his work on an assessment tool for muscle strength at the 2017-2018 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN). He will present his abstract at the annual educational meeting to be held March 17 – 20 in San...


Celebrate Life at Hartford Hospital’s Annual Cancer Survivor’s Day

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital will host its 28th annual Cancer Survivor’s Day event on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hartford Downtown. This free event, open to those who have or have had cancer and their families, will kick off with...


U.S. News & World Report Names Hartford Hospital Best in Region

Hartford Hospital Ranks High-Performing in Six Specialties and Five Procedures Hartford Hospital has been ranked #1 in the Hartford region and among the best in Connecticut for 2016-2017 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 28th year, recognize hospitals that excel...


Hartford Hospital celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

Dozens gathered in front of the Hartford Hospital campus on Aug. 2 at a special event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, recognized around the world each year during Aug. 1-7. “August is declared breastfeeding awareness month in the State of Connecticut by the governor’s proclamation,” said Mary A. Marshall-Crim, MSN,...


Should the Opioid Epidemic Be Declared a National Emergency?

A White House commission focused on addressing drug addiction released its preliminary report last month, including its “most urgent recommendation” – that the president declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. According to the report, “with approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September...


Know the Difference Between Real and ‘Fake’ Health Care

Most health care practices help people feel better and can save lives. But there’s a side of health care that’s not only not helpful, but potentially harmful. You’ve heard of “fake” news, but what about “fake” health care? Hartford HealthCare is hosting a free community event to help you know...


Good reads: Neuroscience News Articles (July 2017)

Here’a look at some neuroscience related articles circulating in popular publications this summer. New neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy… (Read article here) This is Your Brain on Bikes: The Neurological Effects of Cycling…(Read article here)


Mazor X Visits the Hartford Hospital Lobby

This spring, Hartford Hospital became the first in the Northeast to offer Mazor X, an advanced robotic surgical system proven to enhance precision and safety in spine surgery. In order to give employees and visitor a glimpse at the newest technology, the robot made it’s way down to the lobby...


Ayer Neuroscience Institute Welcomes New Physicians

The Ayer Neuroscience Institute will welcome four new physicians in July, August and September. For more information about the new members of the institute visit: https://hartfordhealthcare.org/find-a-doctor Joining in July  Neurointensivist Dr. Mubashir Pervez (Hartford) Joining in August Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Joseph Trettel (Hartford/Central) Epileptologist Dr. Karen Medin (Hartford/Central) Joining in September Movement...


Ayer Neuroscience Institute in the News- July 2017 edition

Here’s a look at some media appearances by Ayer Neuroscience Institute physicians since our last edition: Facebook LIVE: Migraines with Dr. Brooke Pellegrino Answering questions about migraines is Dr. Brooke Pellegrino from the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center. Video courtesy of the American Migraine Foundation. Recorded June 13, 2017. Facebook LIVE: Ask...


New Headache Center Unveiled at Blueback Square, West Hartford

Shortly after joining Hartford HealthCare in 2015, Headache Center Medical Director Dr. Brian Grosberg said “our mission is to develop a nationally recognized” headache center. That statement has become one step closer to reality with the new Hartford HealthCare Headache Center at Blue Back Square in West Hartford, where a...


Providing convenient access to patients is our future

In my short time as Medical Director of the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute, I have seen a lot of activity as we strive to provide the very best neurological care to patients across the state and beyond. An integral key to reaching our goal is providing appropriate access to...


Neuroscience Institute-Trinity College partner now for the future

Trinity College is known for offering lots of opportunities for its students, including a neuroscience curriculum, which is rare for a liberal arts college. But you can’t emulate a healthcare setting on a college campus, which is why a partnership between the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute at Hartford Hospital...


Hartford HealthCare’s Preferred Provider Network Partners With Nursing Homes to Improve Post-Hospital Care

Hartford HealthCare recently introduced a skilled nursing Preferred Provider Network, a partnership that is expected to help quicken recovery times, improve outcomes, provide personalized care plans and reduce hospital readmissions for patients. Hartford HealthCare developed the network to ensure that patients experience seamless transitions throughout every stage of recovery. Before...


Debilitating migraines can be treated

It’s a fact that millions of people around the world suffer from intense migraines. “Anyone who has ever had a migraine knows the feeling all too well,” said Dr. Abigail Chua, who practices in the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center, part of the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute. “Intense throbbing pain,...


National events encourage suicide conversation

Once a taboo subject, suicide is being talked about openly lately due to the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” and a recent controversial court case in Taunton, Mass. in which a teenage girl was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide through text messages and phone...


Finding The Strengths Of ‘13 Reasons Why’

The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why,” based on a young-adult novel of the same name, has captured the attention of adolescents and adults alike since its release on March 31. Many have criticized the series for glamorizing suicide and risking an increase in copycat suicides. But is there anything...


Signs, symptoms and treatment of hernias

A column by Nicholas Verdura, MD One of the most frequently performed operations by general surgeons worldwide is the repair of an abdominal wall hernia. Approximately one million hernia operations are performed each year in the U.S. Hernias are abnormal bulges created by a weakness or hole, usually in the abdominal wall or groin....


Hartford HealthCare at Home opens new location in Southbury

To better provide home care services to the public in the tri-town area of Southbury, Middlebury and Woodbury, Hartford HealthCare at Home opened a new location in Southbury on June 8. The ribbon-cutting for the office located at Heritage Village Commercial, 519 Heritage Road, Suite 2A5 was celebrated by Hartford...


Ms. Senior Mulberry Pageant showcases women who embrace healthy aging

Eighty-three-year-old Celia Harris put her hands to her face and shed a tear when she heard that she was the 2017 Ms. Senior Mulberry Pageant winner. For a moment, she found it tricky to balance her tiara and hug her husband, Robert, and family members while emcee Scot Haney congratulated...


How Many Drinks Does it Take to Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer?

From helping to shed pounds to improving your immune system, a glass of red wine a day has long been seen as being good for a your overall health.  However, a new study by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research shows that both premenopausal...


Rehab Network Team Changes Lives in Peru

Subramani Seetharama, MD, Medical Director of Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network traveled with therapists Sharon Nicoll, OTA, Ken Bruno, MSPT, CSCS, as well as Eric Smullen, PT, Executive Director of Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, and Andrew Wakefield, MD, traveled to Peru in April to improve the quality of life and bring...


Family Health Center To Open In Southington In September

SOUTHINGTON – The Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center on Queen Street is expected to open in September, offering a wide range of new and expanded services to the community, as well as economic benefits. The center, modeled after many highly successful Hartford HealthCare (HHC) family health centers across the state,...


The Stroke Team represented Hartford HealthCare the Healthy Family Funfest held in February. To read more about Healthy Family Fun Fest, click here.


Shawn Maynard Does it All at Windham Hospital

A hospital is more than an edifice. It is a place where people seek care and comfort when they are at their most physically or mentally vulnerable. And a hospital cannot succeed in its lifesaving mission with without dedicated staff. People like Shawn Maynard. For nearly 40 years, Shawn has slept,...


Even Retirement Can’t Stop Backus Hospital’s Dr. Peter Shea

Dr. Peter Shea has served as a healthcare leader in the community of Norwich for over 35 years. Dr. Shea earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut in 1980, subsequently attended resident training and completed his internship in Internal Medicine at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in...


Dr. Michelle McDade: Going the Extra Mile For Patients

As an endurance athlete and emergency medicine physician Dr. Michelle McDade knows well about going the extra mile. Her colleagues at The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) say she goes above and beyond for every patient, every time. She is generous with her clinical expertise and possessing of a unique gift: the...


Backus Nurse Provides Care to the Neediest in Haiti

A hospital is more than an edifice. It is a place where people seek care and comfort when they are at their most physically or mentally vulnerable. And a hospital cannot succeed in its lifesaving mission with without dedicated staff. People like Shanon Pereira. As a child, Shanon Pereira remembers seeing...


Backus Hospital Nurse Extends Caring Across Cultures and Continents

Elizabeth Lanham’s career was humming along just fine.  She had house, a dog and a great job as an advanced practice nurse in a busy community hospital emergency department.  She still longed for something more.  Elizabeth wanted to give back — “pay it forward” — for all of the blessings...


Providing The Best Start For Drug-Dependent Newborns – AND Their Moms!

For substance abusing mothers and their newborns, healing hinges on the understanding that addiction is a treatable disease. To ensure that mothers and babies receive the most appropriate care, a dedicated team at community-based hospitals in New Britain and Meriden has identified ways to accurately assess pregnant women who may...


’13 Reasons’: How Do Parents Deal With A Show For Kids About Suicide?

By Amanda Nappi The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why,” based on a young- adult novel of the same name, has captured the attention of adolescents and adults alike since its release on March 31. The series tells the story of teenager Hannah Baker who takes her own life and...


Students Combat Mental Health Stigma At 14th Annual BrainDance Awards

Nineteen students and one teacher from schools in Connecticut and Minnesota were honored at the 14th annual BrainDance Awards on April 27, presented by the Institute of Living (IOL) at Hartford Hospital. The BrainDance Awards encourage high school students to learn about psychiatric conditions and develop a more tolerant and...


Hartford Hospital Thoracic Surgeon seeing patients in Norwich

Thoracic surgeon Mario Katigbak, MD, is now seeing patients at Backus Hospital offering access to advanced surgical procedures for ailments of the chest. In Norwich, Dr. Katigbak, who also serves as Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Hartford Hospital, primarily focuses on consultation for surgery for lung and esophageal cancer patients.  ...


On National Doctors’ Day, A Patient Shows Her Appreciation

Today is National Doctors’ Day, when health-care organizations recognize the work of physicians and their contributions to their community and society. The best recognition, however, comes directly from the physician’s patients, such as this letter to Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, a Hartford HealthCare colorectal surgeon: Dear Dr. Cohen: Ten years ago,...


Scholarly Items- May 2017

HHC Headache Center Research Brian Grosberg, MD, Director of the HHC Headache Center was recently invited as a guest speaker at the Colombian Neurological Association Symposium, held on March 3rd and 4th in Colombia, South America.  Dr. Grosberg spoke about his research on “Headache in Pregnancy” and “Retinal Migraine.” The...


Patient Stories/Patient Recognition

  It is important to reflect on patient stories and feedback as we work to improve the patient and customer experience at Hartford HealthCare. Each edition we’ll look to share stories and feedback from the Ayer Neuroscience Institute.  For Susan Taboada, APRN, Neuroscience: “We (Doris Armstrong and family) are so...


Neurology/Neurosurgery Community Education

Here is what the Ayer Neuroscience has coming up for Community Education. April 4 Tired of living with back and sciatic pain? Joel Bauman, MD MidState Medical Center, 435 Lewis Ave., Meriden Free May 6 Living! With Stroke Mark J. Alberts, MD and Lev Kalika, DC Hartford Hospital, ERC Free


Ayer Neuroscience Institute in the News

Here’s a look at some media appearances by Ayer Neuroscience Institute physicians so far this year. Dr. Mark Alberts quoted in Medpage Today CCB Doesn’t Help Cognition After StrokeMMSE scores no better with nimodipine than placebo after 6 months http://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/isc/63377 Facebook LIVE: Migraine Expert Dr. Abigail Chua Dr. Abigail Chua...


A Welcome Column from Dr. Alberts

It is truly an honor to be named Chief of Neurology at Hartford Hospital and Physician-in-Chief of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute of Hartford HealthCare. First, I want to thank Dr. Agnes Jani-Acsadi for her leadership, commitment, and hard work in her role as interim Chief of Neurology over the past...


Hartford Hospital Celebrates ‘Donate Life Month’ in April

Celebration Kicks Off With Rose Ceremony March 31 You may never have the chance to rescue someone from a burning building, but you can still save lives. One easy way to become a hero is to register as an organ donor. April is Donate Life Month, a celebration dedicated to...


Your ‘perfect patient’ might be hosting an uninvited guest

Have you ever cared for a patient who is more quiet or reserved than usual? You might be tempted to think they are ‘the perfect patient,’ but the source of their unusual behavior could be delirium. Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental state that makes them act...


Stonehaven clients share their stories with teens

As part of their recovery program as clients at Rushford’s Stonehaven program, Steven Sokolowski and William Pugh were recently asked to share their stories of addiction and despair with a group of adolescent clients at Rushford’s Stonegate campus in Durham. Looking out on the teenage faces in the audience, Pugh...


Windham Hospital Surgeons Perform Hospital’s First Robotic Joint Replacement

Windham Hospital’s robotic joint replacement program has officially begun with three total hip replacement cases being performed in the hospital’s operating room on Feb. 14. The Mako procedure was done using the system’s surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants. Along with the new technology,...


New surgeon and vascular lab a boost for Backus patients

The Heart and Vascular Institute at Backus Hospital continues to expand to provide even greater access to top notch care to the people of Eastern Connecticut In January, fellowship trained vascular and endovascular surgeon Akhilesh K. Jain, MD, RPVI, FACS began seeing patients at the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group office...


A Night of Black & Red

The 26th Annual Black & Red Gala held Saturday at The Bushnell in Hartford helped to raise money and awareness for the  Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute at Hartford Hospital. A special 30-minute live broadcast of the event air on NBC Connecticut. View photos from the event. The event also highlighted stroke...


GoHealth Urgent Care and Hartford HealthCare Partner to Deliver More Accessible, Patient-First Urgent Care to Connecticut

GoHealth Urgent Care, one of the nation’s fastest-growing urgent care companies, and Hartford HealthCare, Connecticut’s most comprehensive healthcare network, today announced a joint-venture that will extend GoHealth Urgent Care’s proven model of convenient and consumer-focused urgent care centers to Central and Eastern Connecticut. This partnership will provide patients greater access to...


HHCMG Kicks Off Lean Daily Management

  HHCMG is implementing Lean Daily Management at the system and at the individual office level.  Lean promotes respect and continuous improvement within a business setting. All Specialty practices are targeted to be completed by the end of September 2017. The most visible tool related to the Lean rollout are...


Dr. Alexandra Flowers Moves to New Role

A special announcement– After creating the first Neuro-Oncology program in the region and providing exemplary care to thousands of patients over the past twenty years, Dr. Alexandra Flowers will no longer be seeing General Neurology patients within the Neuroscience Institute. She will continue to see Neuro-Oncology patients part-time at the...


Dr. Jani-Acsadi Steps Down as Chair of Neuroscience Department

After more than two years as acting chair of the department of neurology at Hartford Hospital Dr. Agnes Jani-Acsadi will step down as Dr. Mark J. Alberts comes on board as the new physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute as well as Chief of Neurology at Hartford Hospital. Dr....


Dr. Bauman is coming to Cheshire

Dr. Joel Bauman, a Hartford HealthCare Medical Group neurosurgeon practicing at MidState Medical Center and Hartford Hospital, will see patients in Cheshire beginning Feb. 1. His office can be reached at 860.696.2290. Dr. Bauman specializes in neurosurgery with areas of interest in adult spinal deformity surgery, brain tumors, Mazor spine...


Dr. Machado Mentoring Student from Trinity College this January

As a neuroscience major at Trinity College in Hartford, Dr. Duarte Machado, was thankful for the support he received from various mentors. This January Dr. Machado will become the first alum of the Health Fellows Program at Trinity to mentor a current student in the program. The student Dr. Machado has been...


Neuroscience Events

There are many neuroscience events taking place at our hospitals and other locations. Take a look at what’s coming and some of the successful events that have taken place since the last edition of Neuro News.  Coming Soon: January 28 Black & Red 6 p.m. to midnight The Bushnell, Hartford,...


Neuroscience in the News-January 2017

Take a look at some recent television appearances by our Hartford HealthCare Neuorscience Institute physicians:  November 27- Dr. Amre Nouh discussed the signs of a stroke on Medical Rounds (WFSB)   November 30- Dr. Erica Schuyler was featured on Fox 61 to talk about seizures.   December 14- Dr. Brian Groberg...


Scholarly Items-January 2017

Here’s a look at what some of physicians have been up to when they are not caring for patients:


Epilepsy Center and Neuroscience Outpatient Center Achieve Lean Bronze Certification

Congratulations to our Epilepsy Center and Neuroscience Outpatient Center teams at Hartford Hospital for the tremendous work they have done to earn Bronze Certification by effectively integrating Lean practices, principles and tools in order to implement daily management. Lean principles and techniques have been incorporated as elements of Daily Management...


Brain Teaser

Each edition of Neuro News will feature some light news or a brain teaser to remind us all to laugh a little.  Here is this month’s submission: A man stands on one side of a river, his dog on the other. The man calls his dog, who immediately crosses the...


Central Region Expands Headache Center

Specialized services for the management of headache will come to the MidState campus starting Nov. 1 with the addition of Hartford HealthCare Medical Group providers Dr. Abby Chua, DO, and Renee Kane, APRN. Under the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center, they are dedicated to providing excellence in diagnosis and treatment of...


Welcome Mark J. Alberts, MD, FAHA

A welcome to Dr. Mark Alberts who begins his role as physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute as well as Chief of Neurology at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Alberts joins us from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he was vice chair of clinical affairs and hospital...


Hartford Hospital Named Best of Business Award winner by Hartford Business Journal

Hartford Hospital has been named a 2016 Best of Business Award winner in the Hospital/Medical category by the Hartford Business Journal (HBJ). In an online poll, almost 1,000 HBJ readers selected the cream of the crop in 79 business categories. According to HBJ, the winners stand out for their professionalism...


Revision to Gaps-in-Care Self-Reporting

Due to missing and lagged data from our payers, ICP will offer a second option for the self-reporting requirement for Gaps-in-Care in 2016. Payers currently send us data that does not include a baseline, so many providers are finding they are unable to calculate a rate of gap closure for...


Photo Gallery: Neuroscience Institute and Networking Event

Approximately 100 providers and staff members attended a first-ever reception and networking event to celebrate the progress of the Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute, hear about the vision for the 2017 fiscal year and meet colleagues from across the system. View photos:


ICP Community Practice Quick Reference Calendar

To help our members continue to stay on target with upcoming due dates for our physician incentive programs, scheduled webinars and ICP events, we have provided an ongoing monthly reference calendar for your convenience.   October 27 Newsletter Distribution: Bi-Weekly ICP Community Highlights Crimson Training Specialty Care 12:00—12:45PM Primary Care/Pediatrics...


ICP Physician Referral Network

Join the crowd! The following ICP Community Practices have implemented Crimson Medical Referrals as of 10/12/16: Acuity Eye Physicians and Surgeons, PC Advanced Eye Physicians Ali Erol, MD Applegate Orthopedic Spine Center Avon Medical Professionals: Ralph Rosenberg, MD Avon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, LLP Avon Pediatrics, LLC Berlin Pediatric Associates,...


ICP-Physician Incentive Program: Contact Us

Contact Us For more information or questions regarding CMR, EHR, physician incentive program or any other ICP related initiatives, please see below contact information grid: Contact Information Type of Inquiry Shaleighne Murphy: 860.972.9063 Shaleighne.murphy@hhchealth.org Questions regarding physician incentive program or any other ICP related inquiries Christine Garthwaite: 860.972.7140 Christine.garthwaite@hhchealth.org Questions...


Self-Reporting Deadline: Primary Care Practices

Primary Care Practices First Quarterly Gaps in Care Reporting DUE November 18, 2016 Updated guidelines for self-reporting Quality Gaps in Care Performance Rates are as follows: HIPPA compliance requires that e-mails containing patient information may only be sent via secure e-mail.  Therefore we are requesting summed up data only without...


Self-Reporting Deadline: Specialty Care

Specialty Care Practices Next Quarterly Data Metrics Reporting DUE October 31, 2016 Guidelines to follow when submitting your specialty care quarterly reports All specialty practices must send reporting on the same 2015 specialty service line specific quality data metrics for 2016 by: October 31, 2016 for Quarter 3 (July 2016...


2016 Physician Incentive Program

Now that your practice has submitted a Letter of Intent for the CMR and EHR requirements; next steps you will need to act on to earn maximum rewards are self-reporting on quality data metrics. Deadlines for report submissions are approaching fast! Don’t miss out! Visit other postings in this email...


Clinical Corner: Send Us Journal Articles

Have you read an interesting journal article lately? Share it with your colleagues. Please send submissions to Gina Fleming at Gina.Fleming@hhchealth.org


Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute in the News

The Neuroscience Institute, our doctors and our treatments are making news every day. Here are some recent highlights, media appearances and stories highlighting our success: Connect to Healthier: Striking Back at Stroke Medical Rounds: Dr. Ricardo Taboada explains a new treatment for nerve pain called scrambler therapy Dr. Mark J....


HHC institutes play a vital role – now and in the future

Editor’s note: This will appear in the HHC State of the System book HHC Neuroscience Institute Uncovering the mysteries of the brain is the challenge of modern medicine and the field of neuroscience. Hartford HealthCare has been leading that challenge for decades. Now, the Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute is poised...


Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute Hosts Inaugural Networking Event

It was over a year ago that our physicians and leaders had a vision for building a comprehensive system-wide service line for neurosciences. Today, that vision is a reality, and just recently, nearly 100 providers and staff members attended an inaugural networking event to celebrate the progress and achievements of the...


Welcome to Neuro News!

Welcome to “Neuro News,” our first Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute (NSI) e-newsletter. This newsletter is a new tool to communicate programmatic updates, upcoming events, the latest news in research, and other related matters that impact our Neuroscience team of providers, staff and patients. Every other month we will bring you...


The 10 Happiest Songs on Earth, As Decided By a Neuroscientist

If you listen to music regularly, then you’ve likely got your go-to songs to boost your mood. That is, unless you listen to a lot of Staind. Then you just make lots of weird life choices. But a Dutch cognitive neuroscientist named Dr. Jacob Jolij recently commissioned a British electronic band to run...